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TinyMCE 5.3

Release notes for TinyMCE 5.3

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These release notes provide an overview of the changes for TinyMCE 5.3, including:

This is the Tiny Cloud and TinyMCE Enterprise release notes. For information on the latest community version of TinyMCE, see: TinyMCE Changelog.

TinyMCE 5.3 new features and enhancements

The following new features and enhancements were added for the TinyMCE 5.3 release.

New toolbar location default setting

TinyMCE 5.3 includes a new default, auto, for the toolbar_location option. The auto option positions the toolbar and menu bar either:

  • Above the content area by default.
  • Below the content area if there is not enough space to display the toolbar and menu bar above.

This new default setting has been added to improve the user experience for the editor in inline mode.

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Moved the ‘enabled’ checkmark on toggle menu items to the right-hand side

The checkmark on toggle menu items that indicates that an option is enabled, has been moved. The checkmark will now appear to the right of the menu label. This change provides clearer feedback to users and allows icons to be added to toggle menu items. For example:

TinyMCE 5.2 toggle menu item checkmark behavior TinyMCE 5.3 toggle menu item checkmark behavior
Custom toggle menu item with checkmark on the left-hand side of the item label (pre-5.3 behavior) Custom toggle menu item with checkmark on the right-hand side of the item label (5.3+ behavior)

For information on toggle menu items, see: Custom menu items - Toggle menu items.

New find and replace in selection functionality

A new “Find in selection” option has been added to the Find and Replace dialog provided by the Search and Replace plugin.

For example:

Find and Replace dialog with new "Find in selection" option highlighted

For information on enabling the Find and Replace dialog, see: the Search and Replace plugin.

Multiple context toolbars can now be concatenated

In situations where more than one context toolbar could be shown, they will be concatenated instead of prioritizing one of the context toolbars. This includes context toolbars provided by the Quick Toolbars plugin.

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New Greek premium language pack

A Greek (el) language pack is now provided for the TinyMCE user interface. This language pack is available for Tiny Cloud and premium self-hosted deployments.

For information on using the language setting and a list of supported languages for Tiny Cloud and premium self-hosted deployments, see: Localization options - language.

Accompanying Premium Plugin changes

The following premium plugin updates were released alongside TinyMCE 5.3.

Accessibility Checker 2.2.1

The TinyMCE 5.3 release includes an accompanying release of the Accessibility Checker premium plugin.

Accessibility Checker 2.2.1 adds translations for features added in Accessibility Checker 2.2.0.

For information on the Accessibility Checker plugin, see: Accessibility Checker plugin.

Comments 2.1.4

The TinyMCE 5.3 release includes an accompanying release of the Comments premium plugin.

Comments 2.1.4 adds icons for the Add Comment (addcomment) and Show Comments (showcomments) menu items.

For information on the Comments plugin, see: Comments plugin.

For a list of Comments plugin menu items, see: Comments plugin - Menu items.

Enhanced Media Embed

The TinyMCE 5.3 release includes accompanying changes affecting the TinyMCE self-hosted Enhanced Media Embed service. Tiny Cloud users are unaffected. For details, see: Accompanying premium self-hosted server-side component changes.

Image Tools Proxy

The TinyMCE 5.3 release includes accompanying changes affecting the TinyMCE self-hosted Image Tools Proxy service. Tiny Cloud users are unaffected. For details, see: Accompanying premium self-hosted server-side component changes.

Link Checker

The TinyMCE 5.3 release includes accompanying changes affecting the TinyMCE self-hosted Link Checker service. Tiny Cloud users are unaffected. For details, see: Accompanying premium self-hosted server-side component changes.

PowerPaste 5.3.0

The TinyMCE 5.3 release includes an accompanying release of the PowerPaste premium plugin.

PowerPaste 5.3.0 adds a new imagedrop source which fires an event when dropping an image file into the editor. This source can be used with the PowerPaste paste_preprocess and paste_postprocess options.

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Spell Checker Pro 2.0.2

The TinyMCE 5.3 release includes an accompanying release of the Spell Checker Pro premium plugin.

Spell Checker Pro 2.0.2 includes fixes for the following issues:

  • Performance issues in large documents with lots of tables.
  • Spellchecking not running while scrolling in inline mode.
  • Spellchecking performance issues when using the autoresize plugin.
  • Missing spell-check icons on Spell Checker Pro menu items.
  • Spellchecking incorrectly moving the editor selection into non-editable elements.

The TinyMCE self-hosted Spell Checker Pro service has also been updated. Tiny Cloud users are unaffected. For details, see: Accompanying premium self-hosted server-side component changes.

For information on Spell Checker Pro plugin, see: Spell Checker Pro plugin.

Accompanying premium self-hosted server-side component changes

The TinyMCE 5.3 release includes accompanying changes affecting the TinyMCE self-hosted services for the following plugins:

  • The Enhanced Media Embed plugin (mediaembed)
  • The Image Tools plugin (imagetools)
  • The Link Checker plugin (linkchecker)
  • The Spell Checker Pro plugin (tinymcespellchecker)

The Java server-side components (ephox-spelling.war, ephox-hyperlinking.war, and ephox-image-proxy.war) have been updated to version 2.3.0.

This version requires Java 8 or higher. For information on the removal of Java 7 support, see: Removal of Java 7 support.

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Removal of Java 7 support

Java 7 support has been removed with this release. The TinyMCE Java server-side components now require a minimum of Java 8. From the TinyMCE 5.3 release, the .war files provided in the self-hosted bundles will not be compatible with Java 7. This change resolves security issues present in the older versions of these services. The following plugins are affected by this change:

  • SpellChecker Pro (tinymcespellchecker) - ephox-spelling.war has been updated to version 2.3.0.
  • Image Tools (imagetools) - ephox-image-proxy.war has been updated to version 2.3.0.
  • Enhanced Media Embed (mediaembed) - ephox-hyperlinking.war has been updated to version 2.3.0.
  • Link Checker (linkchecker) - ephox-hyperlinking.war has been updated to version 2.3.0.

Pre-configured Dockerfiles for containerizing the server-side components

From TinyMCE 5.3, premium self-hosted bundles include the files required to build and deploy the server-side components as Docker containers. For information on Docker deployments of the server-side components, see: Containerized service deployments.

For information on deploying the server-side components using Docker, see: Containerized service deployments.

Regular Expression support for allowed-origins

Version 2.3.0 of the TinyMCE server-side components adds support for using regular expressions to specify allowed-origins. For information on using regular expressions for specifying allowed origins, see: Configure server-side components - Regular Expressions support.

New configuration option for simplifying same-origin deployments

The new same-origin option allows all cross-origin requests to be blocked by the server while allowing all same-origin requests.

For information on configuring the same-origin option, see: Configure server-side components - allowed-origins.same-origin (optional).

New alternative http timeout settings

Three new http timeout settings have been added to the server-side components. These new settings provide greater control over the timeout length of requests that the existing request-timeout-seconds configuration setting.

For information on configuring the alternative http timeout settings, see: Configure server-side components - Alternative http timeout settings.

New fallback-to-get setting for the Link Checker service

The new fallback-to-get configuration setting allows the Link checker can correctly identify working URLs that return non-standard HEAD replies.

For information on configuring the Link Checker service, see: Configure server-side components - link-checking

Minor changes for TinyMCE 5.3

TinyMCE 5.3 introduces the following minor changes:

  • Added uploadUri and blobInfo to the data returned by editor.uploadImages().
  • Added a new function to the BlobCache API to lookup a blob based on the base64 data and mime type.
  • Added icon as an optional config option to the toggle menu item API.
  • Changed the link, image, and paste plugins to use Promises to reduce the bundle size.
  • Changed the default icons to be lazy loaded during initialization.
  • Changed the parsing of content so base64 encoded urls are converted to blob urls.
  • Changed context toolbars so they concatenate when more than one is suitable for the current selection.
  • Changed inline style element formats (strong, b, em, i, u, strike) to convert to a span on format removal if a style or class attribute is present.

General bug fixes

TinyMCE 5.3 provides fixes for the following bugs:

  • Fixed the image upload error alert also incorrectly closing the image dialog.
  • Fixed the selection.setContent() API not running parser filters.
  • Fixed formats incorrectly applied or removed when table cells were selected.
  • Fixed the quickimage button not restricting the file types to images.
  • Fixed search and replace ignoring text in nested contenteditable elements.
  • Fixed resize handlers displaying in the wrong location sometimes for remote images.
  • Fixed table picker breaking in Firefox on low zoom levels.
  • Fixed issue with loading or pasting contents with large base64 encoded images on Safari.
  • Fixed supplementary special characters being truncated when inserted into the editor. Patch contributed by mlitwin.
  • Fixed toolbar buttons not set to disabled when the editor is in readonly mode.
  • Fixed the editor selection incorrectly changing when removing caret format containers.
  • Fixed bug where title, width, and height would be set to empty string values when updating an image and removing those attributes using the image dialog.
  • Fixed ObjectResized event firing when an object wasn’t resized.
  • Fixed ObjectResized and ObjectResizeStart events incorrectly fired when adding or removing table rows and columns.
  • Fixed the placeholder not hiding when pasting content into the editor.
  • Fixed an issue where the editor would fail to load if local storage was disabled.
  • Fixed an issue where an uploaded image would reuse a cached image with a different mime type.
  • Fixed bug where toolbars and dialogs would not show if the body element was replaced (e.g. with Turbolinks). Patch contributed by spohlenz.
  • Fixed an issue where multiple formats would be removed when removing a single format at the end of lines or on empty lines.
  • Fixed zero-width spaces incorrectly included in the wordcount plugin character count.
  • Fixed a regression introduced in 5.2.0 whereby the desktop toolbar_mode setting would incorrectly override the mobile default setting.
  • Fixed an issue where deleting all content in a single cell table would delete the entire table.

Deprecated features

The images_dataimg_filter option has been deprecated with the release of TinyMCE 5.3 and may be removed in a future release of TinyMCE. This option can be used for an unintended use-case that will likely be incompatible with the future introduction of real-time collaboration support.

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Known issues

This section describes issues that users of TinyMCE 5.3 may encounter, as well as possible workarounds for these issues.

Outline

Spanish (Mexico) UI text translations missing for features added in 5.2 and 5.3

Issue

The Spanish (Mexico) language pack (es_MX) provided for Tiny Cloud and TinyMCE premium self-hosted customers is missing translations for new and changed user interface features added in TinyMCE 5.2 and TinyMCE 5.3.

Workaround

No known workaround at the time of release.

Find and replace in selection feature missing content selection for inline editors and IE 11

Issue

The new find (and replace) in selection feature does not show the content selection when the dialog is open. The find and replace in selection functions will still work, but the selection is not shown.

This issue affects:

  • Inline editors (inline: true).
  • Any TinyMCE 5.3 editor when used on Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.

Workaround

No known workaround at the time of release.

Upgrading to the latest version of TinyMCE 5

The procedure for upgrading to the latest version of TinyMCE 5 depends on the deployment type.

Upgrading Tiny Cloud

Tiny Cloud provides the latest enterprise version of TinyMCE. For information on configuring Tiny Cloud, see: the Cloud deployment guide.

Upgrading TinyMCE Self-hosted manually

To upgrade to TinyMCE 5.4 using a manually downloaded package:

  1. Backup the tinymce/ directory so any customizations can be restored after the upgrade.

    Customizations for TinyMCE are typically stored in the following directories:

     tinymce/
     ├── icons/
     ├── langs/
     ├── plugins/
     ├── skins/
     │   ├── content/
     │   └── ui/
     └── themes/
    
  2. Download the latest version of TinyMCE.

    • For the TinyMCE Community Version, download tinymce_<VERSION>.zip from Get TinyMCE - Self-hosted releases, where <VERSION> is the latest version of TinyMCE.
    • For the TinyMCE Enterprise Version, download the TinyMCE Enterprise Bundle from Tiny Account > Downloads. The downloaded file will be named enterprise_latest.zip.
  3. Extract the downloaded .zip file to a temporary location.
  4. (If required) Install the latest language packs from Get TinyMCE - Language Packages.
  5. Copy customizations to the new tinymce/ directory. Ensure that only custom changes are added the new tinymce/ directory, such as:

    • Custom icons packs
    • Custom plugins
    • Custom skins
    • Custom themes
  6. Delete the existing tinymce/ directory and replace with the new tinymce/.

To simplify the upgrade process to future versions of TinyMCE:

  1. Host the TinyMCE customizations outside of the tinymce/ directory.
  2. Update your TinyMCE configuration as required:

    • Set the location of content CSS customizations using content_css.
    • Set the location of custom plugins using external_plugins.
    • Set the location of custom icon packages using icons_url instead of icons.
    • Set the location of custom localization packages using language_url instead of language.
    • Set the location of custom skin packages using skin_url instead of skin.
    • Set the location of custom themes using theme_url instead of theme.

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